The logistics sector will have it unified quick response (QR) code implemented in 2021 under the National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) program of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).
ARTA Deputy Director General Ernesto Perez said the unified QR code for land transport is inspired by the RapidPass System used by front-liners to pass through checkpoints.
For instance, the current system requires a delivery truck registered with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to submit requirements, register, and pay for pass-through stickers from different local government units (LGUs), and will do the same process in economic zones, port authority, and other LGUs for them to be allowed to enter and ply within their areas.
Under the NEHEMIA program for logistics, LTFRB will be the “root agency” that will process registration, payments, releasing of franchise, and unique QR code that will serve as a universal pass-through permit to enter localities, economic zones, and ports.
Perez said the proposed reforms that will be implemented include automation of application process with single application form, removal of notarization requirement for documents, allowing digital payments, and integration of sticker requirements into single Rapid Pass.
He said this will cut the current 209 steps to 56 steps, a 73-percent reduction on procedures for land transport. The period of processing will also be reduced by 87 percent.